Groth Law Firm at 7 Years

Seven years ago today we founded Groth Law Firm, S.C.  It started with a cell phone, computer and a “desk” in our basement.  We have come a long way, in part, using technology to its fullest to serve our clients.  Our sixth year began and ended in trial.

On our anniversary in 2016, Melissa Fischer and Jon Groth were in two separate trials in Milwaukee County.   Yesterday, Melissa Fischer obtained a $22,500 verdict for a client against the City of Milwaukee.  Two other law firms had declined to take the case to trial.

Thanks to everyone for their words of encouragement, referrals, and support.

The Most Dangerous Intersections in Milwaukee County

With thousands of businesses and nearly a million people, Milwaukee County is a place of hustle and bustle. Every year there are thousands of car crashes. In the past, we’ve talked about the recent car accident trends in Milwaukee County. Now, we will identify the 10 most dangerous intersections. The following 10 intersections were found to be the most dangerous based on data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) from 2010-2015.

1. Capitol Dr W – 35th St N

  • Number of Accidents: 136
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 104

The intersection of Capitol Drive W and 35th Street North is considered to be one of the most complex intersections in Milwaukee county due to both ways of traffic having mutliple lanes, a merging lane from 35th to Capitol, and the complex merging lanes from Roosevelt Drive onto Capitol.
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2. Port Washington Rd N – Silver Spring Dr W

  • Number of Accidents: 136
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 74

The intersection of Port Washington Road North and Silver Spring Drive West is extremely dangerous due to the fact that it is the intersection outside of the Bayshore Town Square Mall. This is one of the biggest malls in Milwaukee County and is also closely located to the on and off-ramps of I-43. Be especially careful in this are during the holidays and back-to-school when the mall is the most popular.
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3. N Mafair Rd – W North Ave

  • Number of Accidents: 128
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 65

The intersection of North Mayfair Road and West North Avenue is extremely dangerous due to the fact that is the main intersection for traffic going to and coming from the Mayfair Mall. Once again, traffic here is much heavier during back-to-school and the holidays, so be sure to exercise extra caution during these times.
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4. 27th Street N – Center Street W

  • Number of Accidents: 122
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 102

The intersection of 27th Street North and Center Street West is actually quite dangerous due to fact that West Fond Du Lac Avenue runs at a diagonal line through BOTH intersections. This creates quite a bit of confusion in high traffic situations and the presence of accidents only makes it worse.
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5. Fond Du Lac Ave W – Capitol Dr W

  • Number of Accidents: 113
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 75

The intersection of Fond Du Lac Avenue West and Capitol Drive West is one of the best dangerous intersections in Milwaukee County due to the fact that both of these streets are two of the largest and busest streets in the county, so when they intersect, problems often occur.
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6. 108th St S – Lincoln Ave W

  • Number of Accidents: 105
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 72

The intersection of 108th Street South and Lincoln Avenue West presents plenty of dangers with multiple lanes, double merging lanes, and three bus stops being located neear traffic lights. This combined with high traffic volumes throughout the day make this an extemely dangerous intersection.
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7. 35th St N – Center St W

  • Number of Accidents: 101
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 96

On paper, the intersection of 35th Street North and Center Street West looks quite tame, but fading lane lines, bus stops, and bike lanes make this intersection very dangerous at times of high traffic.
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8. Lincoln Ave W – 76th St S

  • Number of Accidents: 100
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 54

Much like the previous intersection, the intersection of Lincoln Avenue West and 76th Street South seems pretty tame at first, but bus stops, multiple gas stations, and poor line-of-sight make this intersection dangerous for unwary drivers.
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9. 108th St S – National Ave W

  • Number of Accidents: 99
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 53

With over sixteen lanes intersecting, the intersection of 108th Street and National Avenue West has plenty of chances for accidents to occur. This combined with a plethora of nearby food and shopping opportunites makes this intersection very dangerous at all times of the day.
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10. S Howell Ave – Drexel Ave

  • Number of Accidents: 97
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 27

The intersection of Howell Avenue and Drexel Avenue is much like the previous intersection in that fact that is made up of many lanes and is surrounded by multiple shopping centers. This intersection also includes some interesting merging lanes that create very dangerous circumstances for drivers who are not paying attention.
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Car Crash Statistics for Milwaukee County

Getting in a car accident is serious business – even the smallest ones can ruin your day. From fender benders to high-impact collisions, car accidents almost always end in some kind of emotional or physical injury.

Sadly, car accidents are an everyday occurrence all throughout Milwaukee county. From the bustling streets of the city to the more quiet neighborhoods, accidents are bound to happen. To better understand how prevalent car crashed are in Milwaukee County and the total impact they have on Milwaukee residents, we have gathered car crash data for the past six years to find common trends. Below is a summary of our findings. All of the data we used was obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Milwaukee County Car Accidents by Year

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What we found is that car crash incidents have been increasing steadily for the past five years. The only deviation in this trend occured in 2012, where there was a slight dip. Still, there was a big difference between 2010 and 2015. In 2010, there were only 19,700 car crashes, but that number has increased to just over 24,000 accidents in the year of 2015.

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When we look only at crashes where injuries occurred, we see a slightly different trend from overall accidents. We actually saw a drop in injuries from 2010 in the years 2011-2012. However, since then injuries have increased substantially with there being a sharp increase in 2015. There were more than 1,000 more injuries reported in 2015 than they were in 2010.

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Car crash fatalities didn’t follow a specific trend and were rather sporadic. However, we see that there was a significant increase in fatalities in 2015 when compared to the prior five years. This is a rather concerning trend and shows that there is still a lot of progress to be made with safe driving awareness.

Total Car Accidents Per Month in Milwaukee County

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In this graph, we analyzed how many total car crashes took place in each month for the past 6 years. What we found is that most car crashes occur in January and December with the lowest amount of crashes occurring throughout March and April.

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When we look specifically at crashes where injuries occurred, we see that these types of crashes were surprisingly low during the winter months and actually spiked during the Summer months of May through September, before dropping again in October.

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Fatal car accidents were once again much more sporadic, with the majority of them occurring in May and July. The first few months of the year have relatively low fatalities before spiking in May. After July, the number of fatalities stabilizes to a rather consistent rate.

Total Car Accidents Per Day in Milwaukee County

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Most car crashes take place during the weekdays with a slight spike on Friday. Interestingly, total car crash volume decreases during the weekends. Both Saturday and Sunday have substantially fewer accidents than any of the other days of the week.

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When we look at car crashes where there were injuries, we see the exact same trend as total car crashes. Most injuries take place on Friday but drop significantly on Saturday and Sunday.

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When we look strictly at crashes where deaths occurred, we see a reverse of total car crash trends. Most fatalities actually take place on Saturday and Sunday, even though fewer total crashes take place during those days.

Most Dangerous Holiday for Driving In Milwaukee

One interesting fact we found is that Halloween is the most dangerous holiday for car crashes, with over 400 accidents occurring in the last six years. Be sure to be extra vigilant this day and stay safe by watching for slow drivers following children and the children themselves!

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Wisconsin

While no one ever wants to be one of the numbers that contribute to these statistics, the unfortunate truth is that car accidents do happen on a daily basis. If you are ever involved in a car accident, be sure to call the personal injury lawyers at Groth Law Firm to get the representation you need. We are dedicated to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Updated Traffic Signals for Zoo Interchange Project Area

Throughout the Zoo Interchange Project area traffic signals have been updated to accommodate additional traffic due to freeway closures. Traffic signals in the Zoo Interchange Project are are equipped to adjust signal timings at intersections based on real-time traffic demands. This helps to maximize traffic flow along local roads by coordinating with other traffic signals in the area. Freeway lane and ramp closures are expected to increase traffic volumes on local roads. Pedestrians should follow the instruction below, due to increased vehicle traffic on local roads.

PUSH THE BUTTON

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Since traffic signals in the Zoo Interchange Project area are designed to maximize the vehicular traffic flow they do not follow a standard traffic pattern and do not produce a walk sign for pedestrian unless the pedestrian button is pushed.

If you are a pedestrian at a traffic signal, keep these tips in mind:

  • Only cross the street at designated crosswalks
  • Push the pedestrian button when at a traffic signal
  • Wait until the walk sign is present to cross the street
  • Follow crossing guard’s instruction (when present)

I-41 SOUTH TO I-94 EAST SYSTEM RAMP TO CLOSE OCTOBER 1

As part of the Zoo Interchange Project, the I-41 South to I-94 East system ramp will be closed beginning October 1. This closure will be in place until late Spring 2017.
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There will increased traffic along Bluemound Road, Glenview Avenue, 84th Street, and other roadways near the alternate routes. Please utilize 92nd Street or 84th Street to Bluemound Road, or other signalized routes to ensure the fastest travel time in and out of your neighborhood. Plan ahead, allow for extra time, and drive safely.
The project team appreciates your patience during this time of added traffic on routes near your neighborhood.

FOR DETAILED PROJECT INFORMATION AND UP-TO-DATE TRAVEL TIMES, VISIT ZOOIC.ORG

2016 Groth Video Scholarship Winner Announcement

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2016 Groth Law Firm Video Scholarship Contest. Madeline Sheedlo from Lincoln High School in Rapids, Wisconsin has been selected as our scholarship recipient for the year. You can watch her winning video submission here.

Madeline is an exemplary student involved in National Honor Society, Medical Science Club, the school yearbook, News Crew, tennis, poms, and Link Crew. Many of Madeline’s teachers say she is a hard worker and that she is cherished by all of her classmates. Madeline plans on attending a four-year university to pursue a degree in nursing.

In her video, Madeline works to illustrate the dangers of distracted driving and how easily police officers can spot these types of behaviors. Many times people do find themselves texting while driving, playing music too loudly, and being distracted by passengers and this can often lead to life-changing accidents. Her video is a great reminder that distracted driving is extremely dangerous and should always be avoided – distractions can always wait.

Madeline will be receiving a one-time $1,500.00 scholarship award that will be applied towards her Fall 2016 tuition.

For this year’s contest, we asked students to make a 30-second video answering the question “What can be done to make driving safer?” Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of preventable death and life-altering injuries, so we wanted to get students to think creatively about this problem and come up with potential solutions.

We received 16 total submissions by our deadline, and from these submissions, our staff narrowed it down to 10 videos based on quality, overall creativity, depth of the answer and adherence to prompt. We then let the general public vote for their favorite. All submissions are still available for viewing on our website.

While Madeline’s video recommends not texting while driving and avoiding other distractions like loud music and talking to people in the backseat; there were plenty of other great safety tips from other entrants. These included: avoiding reckless driving and always buckling up, amongst other things.

We want to thank everyone for their efforts, creative submissions and commitment to safe driving! To learn more about safe driving tips that you can implement when you’re behind the wheel, we encourage you to watch the video submissions.

Be sure to call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Groth Law Firm if you are seeking legal representation after being injured in an accident.